boda prices

Here is a quick list of average bodaboda *prices to get to a few key places, so you can avoid getting ripped off and won't struggle so much in the haggling game. This will be updated & eventually be made into an easier to read format, so if you have any suggestions or prices for specific areas, please comment. Most places start from Muyenga, because of where I personally reside.

Muyenga (near Italian Supermarket) --> Nsambya side - 2,000 shillings

 Muyenga, Nsambya or Kansanga --> Acacia Mall/ Kisimenti/Kololo (where you will find Bistro, Endiro, the Century Cinemax Theatre, etc.) - 5,000 shillings

Most anywhere in Kololo/Kisimenti --> Nakasero or center of town - 2,000 shillings

Lugogo (Game) & Naguru area --> Kololo/Kisimenti area- 2,000 shillings

Muyenga, Nsambya, or Kansanga area --> center of town (Old Taxi park) - 3,000 shillings

Garden City -> American Embassy area (Muyenga, Nsambya, or Kansanga) - 3,000 shillings

Muyenga, Nsambya, or Kansanga --> Mengo Town/Rubaga -5,000 shillings

Muyenga or Kansanga --> Lungujja/Kosovo - 7,000 shillings

Nsambya --> Lungujja/Kosovo - 6,000 shillings

Muyenga --> Bugolobi (Village Mall [there's FRO YO in there] , Fine Spinners, trading center) - 3,000 shillings

Nsambya --> Bugolobi (Village Mall [there's FRO YO in there] , Fine Spinners, trading center) - 4,000 shillings

Bugolobi --> Kololo, Lugogo, the immigration office & Prunes - 2,000 UGX

*Prices vary slightly when doing multiple stops, making a boda wait for you, or having a boda run errands for you instead of you going with them

Multiple stops -

If the stops are very close together or along the way to the final destination (an ATM withdrawal stop along the way) you don't need to add extra.

If the stops require 15 minutes more of waiting add 1,000 - 2,000 shillings to final price. (You travel from Muyenga -> the bank along the way to pay the water bill and it takes 30 minutes -> Lungujja for your final destination = 8,000-9,000 shillings)

If their are multiple stops all across town and it takes a few hours/half the day pay ~ 20,000-50,000 shillings, because you are the majority of their business for that day. Be aware of how much time you are taking and be fair. If it is 2 hours you DO NOT need to pay any more then 20,000 shillings, but if you have them running around town for 5 hours or more maybe consider giving them 50,000 shillings for their time and effort. They saved you so much hassle from trying to get a boda at every stop along your way.

Boda running errands- Pay for the the first leg of trip if they are just dropping something off. If they are returning something to you after you have sent them on the errand pay the round trip (like you were on it both directions). 

the team- our personalities

I admit personality tests are not 100% scientific or accurate. But, they are fun and interesting and lead to some great discussions. If you want to find out your personality first through the same site we used go HERE

Now on to our blurbs. We are showcasing our team of 1 fashion designer, 1 executive director, 2 volunteers,and 1 country director. We (really me) hopes that this will continue to be an activity we take part in, because we (again mostly me) loves getting to know people and see how our team functions both as separate entities and how we would act if we so happened to all be in the same city one day. Also, I'm a bit nosy, so it fulfills my need to learn as many details as possible.  So, read on and I hope this helps you get to know our team a tad bit better!

Sandra “The Architect” INTJ

This is the woman behind every Wife Hugger, which fits perfectly with being “The Architect” as her personality type. She is confident, independent and demands respect. Once she gains your respect and trust she is a strong asset to the team, but you must work hard to show her respect and prove yourself to be a strong leader and partner. Titles mean nothing to her and she refuses to do tasks that she thinks are not efficient. This can sometimes end in missed steps that other people on the team catch. With a solid explanation, Sandra is more then willing to do anything that is necessary, including fixing missed steps. She just has to know the WHY behind it or her stubborn side will come out and she will demand an explanation. She loves to learn and be skilled in many different avenues. Her passion is fashion design, so while she is completing Wife Huggers she can also be found moving around town learning how to make shoes, creating designs for cocktail dresses, and having ideas for little tweaks she can make on AAD products. This Architect is going places and knows it and we are so glad she is on the team building her skills as she achieves her goals.

Meg “The Mediator” INFP

This is the woman who started it all. The founder and executive director of AAD, she came up with a big goal that she is passionate about and has stuck behind it since 2012. 16personalities said it best with she is “able to connect many far flung dots into a single theme”. Because she is such a big picture thinker, she sometimes needs to be reminded of day-to-day tasks to accomplish the future goal. She is reserved and private, but once you break in and show your big dreams she would love to discuss and plan ways to change things positively in a big way. She is introverted, so she needs time to withdraw, regroup, and then enter into conversations on her own terms. When she makes a plan to talk, she is democratic, flexible, and makes sure every voice is heard and feels empowered. She loves to allow people to run with their ideas and just reach out and ask for assistance when needed. Micromanagement just doesn’t exist with her. Being “The Mediator” and the one with the big idea to start AAD, she is perfect in her role of allowing the team to execute and add their own valuable insights. She helps to connect each of us together and focuses us on the primary vision, while still allowing us to achieve it our way.

Kate “The Commander” ENTJ

This is the woman that takes big goals and merges them into details and all the analytics that some of our big time dreamers sometimes forget. She is constantly seeking out new challenges and responsibilities, is always organized, and brings efficiency, the ability to see all the little details and make sure they don’t fall out of focus, while still seeing the end goal. She handles our newsletter and assists with the reports that need to be done. She likes to think strategy and always has a well thought out plan. Whenever a task is done it is done with precision and with great thought. She helps to keep all the team members in check with her strong leadership skills while also believing in the big picture.

Mikayla “The Advocate” INFJ

This is the woman who takes the cake for creativity. She has 60 million ideas to improve the lives of everyone, is extremely determined and passionate, and is a perfectionist. She is like our founder in that she is private and likes to stand behind her ideas and focus on the major goal. She handles our Instagram and assists with the sale of Wife Huggers on the West Coast. She is extremely loyal and just requires her input to be valued and to be given the free reign to test out her ideas. She inspires us daily with her outlook on what AAD can achieve. She is sensitive and feels all of the good and the bad that come from trying to make big changes and work on a team. With communication and encouragement her perfectionist nature comes out and she is one of the major reasons behind our social mediums improving and showcasing our organizations dreams, goals, and achievements.

Sarah “The Campaigner” ENFP

This is the woman who is residing in Uganda as the Country Director. She excels off of being on a team and loves to be the listening ear, checking in on other team members, and making sure everyone and everything is fitting and working well together. She can easily be stressed and is sensitive, which leads to over thinking other team member's happiness. Since she lives for good communication, she keeps in contact with all team members to ensure that everyone is pursuing their best role. Through communication with all team members she is able to remain more grounded and complete administrative tasks for the US and Uganda side. She loves completing tasks, but sometimes gets sidetracked with interesting conversations and new ideas being brought to the table by all other team members. She is privileged to see a different perspective from being on the ground in Uganda and gets to share those insights with the US and then give feedback and the US side insight back to the Uganda side. She is independent and curious which makes being the on-the-ground person in Uganda the perfect position, especially when having a strong team that can see the tiny details and share their thoughts, feelings, opinions, and strategies to improve the work in the organization and grow in the most positive direction.

podcast recommendations

The founder and I try to Skype weekly. We do this, because it seems like ideas flow faster and miscommunications are avoided less when we can hear each others voice. Skype also makes it feel more like a coffee date (especially when my internet isn't working and I head to a coffee shop). Through our "dates" we have discovered one MAJOR thing.

We BOTH listen to podcasts to gain inspiration, perspective, and just to learn something new that we didn't even know we wanted to know. So, once we figured out that mutual interest we decided to share with everyone that might be looking for a podcast to either start their fall into the rabbit hole of the podcast world, or just if they accidentally binged all the seasons of their favorites and need some more.

These are NOT in any particular order, but we have included a little blurb of WHY we love these podcasts and in some have included 1 or 2 episodes that were our all time faves!

StartUp Podcast: This podcast has kind of become my lifeline. It follows new businesses from inception through to either success or failure. And while AAD isn’t a for-profit business, it is still a business…we just use different words (donors instead of investors, fundraising instead of startup capital, etc). It has provided clarity about marketing, advertising, customer relations and more. My degree is in social work so all of these areas of business can sometimes feel like a foreign language to me. This podcast simplifies it all. And the aspect of the podcast that has really been a game changer for me is hearing other people’s struggles and emotions and ups and downs. It’s encouraging to know that this isn’t easy for anyone, but if you keep chugging along good things can and will happen. The second season really hit home for me because it followed two young, female co-founders. Episode 4 brought about some major revelations for me

Mystery Show: Because who doesn’t need to know how tall Jake Gyllenhaal really is. The premise of this show is that the host will investigate any mystery, no matter how mundane—and she manages to make it unmundane. I think my favorite part is just how inquisitive the host is. It inspires me. We should all question everything, want to learn more about anything, and throw ourselves into life and understanding it. Case #2 and Case #5 are definitely my favorite so far. 

Creative Mornings: This one is super inspirational about people doing awesome things in different careers. From children book writers to a person that creates fonts, rappers, artists, and political advocates. I listen to it when I need inspiration. And lets be honest, sometimes I need some inspiration just to put pants on and leave the house to run an errand. Each talk has a theme [freedom, language, chance, etc ] and the speaker can talk about whatever they want with that theme. How they make everything relevant to me I will never know, but they do, and its great!  I listened to the whole first season and loved every one. And now I'm on season two. Also, season 2 has a rooster call that listeners send in from all around the world. How awesome is that? I HATE roosters waking me up, but people trying to reenact animal noises is one of my favorites!

Reply All: This is just a fun, once-a-week podcast about all things internet. That probably sounds boring to a lot of people—like it did to me—but it’s so not! They essentially discuss how different aspects of life interact with the internet, whether it’s religion, race, drugs, gender…the list goes on and on. It’s funny and insightful—every single time. I always feel like I’ve learned something valuable, even if it’s just something small. Episode 6 will make you die laughing and Episode 8 will just make you really happy.

Serial: The first season is about an intriguing criminal case that is now being tried again. Season 2 is about a soldier that walked off his post in Afghanistan and was captured. Season 1 was in my opinion more riveting then the second and felt more factual and less about the feelings that come with a story that is breaking while it is being talked about on a podcast.

Healthynomics: I've only listened to episode 24, which is Tina Muir being interviewed. This elite runner talks about diet, health, how she had a panic attack while running a race, and about it not being fun all the time. Which was really helpful for me personally to know that an elite runner that is known for being amazing at a trade can still find it difficult.

Criminal: These are short 20 minute podcasts. I listen to it when I know I'll be distracted easily cause it keeps your attention, but anytime you will be bored it's over and starting a new one. Also, it seems to be a more lighthearted approach to law and how it works in society.

Hidden Brain:  This is my go to when I want to learn something new that I didn't even know I wanted to know. This podcast points out patterns in human behavior and answers questions about fear, productivity, love, selfishness, terrorism, boredom, and really any topic you could think about. The ones I listened to that made me look with a new perspective was Episode 13: Terrorism, Episode 23: Boredom & Episode 25: Dream Jobs.

Science Vs: This podcast is pretty new so there aren’t many episodes available, but I’m super excited for the rest to be released. It’s hosted by this hard-hitting Australian journalist. She’s wants the real answers for those issues that we seem to always be debating and that people get so passionate about. She looks purely at facts and looks at issues from all sides. They’ve discussed attachment parenting, gun control and fracking so far. I loved all of them. I feel like it’s an easy way for me to stay informed and smart without spending endless hours reading articles on the topics.

So, check them out. Tell us what you think. Give us more suggestions, and don't be frightened if you get stuck in a conversation with us, because you brought up one of the episodes that really made us think.

Happy Listening!




no power

On Thursday night the lights began to flicker. On-off-on-off-on-off for a few minutes-flicker on, and back off. After about 30 minutes of the dance club feel our guard knocked on the door and exclaimed "The house has sparks".

He said it perfectly. The electrical wire connecting to the box on the side of the house that gives us power was sending sparks all around the side of our yard. A scary version of fireworks. Emily being the most adult one when it comes to house issues went to our circuit breaker and shut off our power. Then we attempted to call Umeme over 15 times throughout the night, but our calls never went through.

Then in the morning Aida, another housemate tried calling and got through. The entire Friday was spent with us waiting, calling, and explaining directions to Umeme workers.

They never did end up coming.

Friday night was spent sitting in a hallway with candles and headlamps and all of the housemates together. There is always a silver lining and that was it.

Now it is Saturday afternoon and I am sitting at a coffee shop charging all the electronic devices I own and then I will head home, so that everyone else in the house can do the same.

I appreciate the bonding over candlelight, but I am also grateful this is not a typical weekend in Kampala. Fingers crossed today's the day our power line gets fixed! Until then, here's a picture of last nights mini charging session and today's charging session (not pictured- the 7 items charging).